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History:

"Mexico is made up of 31 states and one federal district. It is the third largest country in Latin America and has one of the largest populations—more than 100 million—making it the home of more Spanish speakers than any other nation in the world."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States)."

"The largest wildcat in North America is the jaguar, which can be found in Mexico's southern jungles."

Customs and Culture:

"If you are invited to a Mexican's home, arrive 30 minutes late (check with colleagues to see if you should arrive later than that). Arriving on time or early is considered inappropriate."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: No visa is required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 180 days

What to Pack: "A suitcase with wheels is a good idea for navigating through airports, but may not roll smoothly on cobblestone streets, so you may want to choose a backpack or convertible bag."

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When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Currency: Mexican Peso Exchange Rate

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Ensenada

History:

"Ensenada was a minor port during the Spanish colonial era. Local settlement did not expand significantly until 1870, when gold was discovered in the inland mountains. Ensenada was officially incorporated in 1882, and six years later it benefited from another brief gold rush. Prohibition in the United States led to an economic boom in the 1920s as hotels and casinos in Ensenada catered to Americans seeking alcoholic beverages and entertainment south of the border."

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Cabo San Lucas

History:

"The 16th of September is a very special day in Mexico and it’s history. It’s Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s also the day that Sir Francis Drake entered the “Sea of the South” with a quintet of warships in 1578... Pirate stories abound in Baja California. Some true, others…well, maybe not exactly true."

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Puerto Vallarta

History:

"Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific Coast in one of the largest bays in the world (member of "The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club"). In documents and ship logs dating from the XVIII Centuries, constant references are made to whaling ships and fishing boast that harbored in the bay. At the time, Banderas Bay was also known as Humpback Bay (Bahia de Los Jorobados) because of the number of humpback whales that were seen in the bay."

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Playa del Carmen

History:

"In its earliest days, Playa del Carmen was inhabited by the Mayan culture. It later spent time developing as a fishing area before growing to become the tourist destination we know today.

The post-Classical period saw the height of the Maya civilization, with Cozumel, Cancun and Playa del Carmen becoming major players in the area's trade industry. Playa del Carmen's location, lying between the two ports of Honduras and Veracruz, makes it ideal for international trading."

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Cozumel

History:

"Clear, warm water, spectacular coral reefs, and abundant marine life make Cozumel one of the world’s best scuba-diving destinations as well as a major resort. Indeed, the economy of Cozumel has been based on tourism since the 1970s."

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Tulum

History:

"Tulum was a major trading and religious centre between the 11th and 16th centuries CE and, dramatically situated near the sea, it is one of the most evocative ancient sites in Mexico."

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